February 20, 2014 in Uncategorized
February 14, 2014 in Uncategorized
Let’s play ball! Super15, although this ridiculous format is still existing, starts again and with the Aussies currently giving the Proteas some food for thought after two days of play in cricket, it is a welcome sight to see the oval shape ball game kicking off this weekend.
Two SA derbies, which on paper looks easy to predict. Home teams to win;
Cheetahs will win the cat fight in Bloemfontein and the Sharks will have the sharpest teeth in the ‘tank’.
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November 26, 2013 in Uncategorized
Firstly, well done to Mr Meyer and the Boks for a successful Xmas expedition! Won all their games, so job done and most of the time done well.
What bothers yours truly is Mr Meyer’s excuse not to pick Pieter Steph-du Toit starting at no.5. Flip vd Merwe did well, however, he is a number 4 lock. The Boks did well in 2009 because they had Victor Matfield demolishing opposition’s lineouts. His presence made opponents panic. VD Merwe will not be that factor. To use the fact that no.5 MUST make the lineout calls is rubbish! Just because Matfield did it well, it is not set in stone that it has to be done by all teams.
Mr Meyer, wingers (when they threw into the lineouts), hookers, captains (Morne du Plessis did this) and scrumhalves all did this for various teams. Personally, I believe the scrumhalf is the best suited for this job. The little generals are normally more intelligent than forwards and are the link with the backline. The flyhalf or inside centre is best suited to call starter moves and where and how quickly the ball is won from first phase is crucial.
So if the backline (flyhalf) directs, the scrumhalf could then make a more appropriate call from where or to whom the lineout throw should go! Use ir or don’t! But, don’t use that as an excuse to not pick Steph-du Toit. On the up, Andries Bekker will be available in 2015 and he has presence in line-outs. Now before bloggers bash my choice (you are free to do), yours truly told you many moons ago that Pierre Spies is a show pony and Vermeulen a much better test no.8 as well as for the overrrated Heinrcih Brussow, where Francois Louw has semented his place now. Ditto for Zane Kirchner vs Willie le Roux or Patrick Lambie.
November 21, 2013 in Uncategorized
Les Blues, the most unpredictable side in the world, or so it use to be. Frankly, they were always seen to have the most flair due to their counter attacking skills, but, lets be honest, under Phillippe Saint-Andre, they are not so unpredictable anymore. Honestly, the All Blacks and even the Wallabies, when they get it right, has more flair than today’s cockerels!
The Green and Gold and Les Blues have clashed 38 times before since 1913. The Boks won 21, the French 11 and 6 ended up ‘kissing your sister’. Of those 11 victories for the Frenchies, 6 was in the Republic. The Boks lost the last 4 outings in France and last time the Boks plucked the cockerels’ feathers in France, le moniseur Mallet was the puppet master with a brilliant 52-10 win! Pieter Rossouw scored 4 tries that day and was for still unknown reason substituted. He could have set a new Bok record at the time if he played on and scored again. Stefan Terblanche scored 5 in 1999 vs Italy and Tonderai Chavhanga scored 6 in 2005 vs Uruguay, are the current leaders for the Boks in tests.
Like many Bok supporters I believe the Boks should win this one; however, I won’t put any money on it, nor my balls under the guillotine!
Willie le Roux, JP Pietersen, Jaque Fourie, Jean de Villiers (c), Bryan Habana, Morné Steyn, Ruan Pienaar, Duane Vermeulen, Willem Alberts, Francois Louw, Flip van der Merwe, Eben Etzebeth, Coenie Oosthuizen, Bismarck du Plessis, Beast Mtawarira.
Bench:: Adriaan Strauss, Gurthrö Steenkamp, Lourens Adriaanse, Bakkies Botha, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Siya Kolisi, Jano Vermaak, Pat Lambie.
PS: Barbarians vs Fidji
Interesting how coach Steve Hansen didn’t select his ‘top All Blacks’ for this exciting game with a +60 000 crowd expected at Twickenham. Rest for his players has more value than our players playing another game instead of well needed rest! Yes, the All Blacks have played more tests on their Xmas tour; however, they were rotated better during the season.
Backs: Willie le Roux (RSA), Santiago Cordero (ARG), Charles Piutau (NZL), Frank Halai (NZL), Jean de Villiers (RSA), Gavin Williams (SAM), Patrick Lambie (RSA), Tom Taylor (NZL), TJ Perenara (Hurricanes), Martin Landajo (ARG)
Forwards: Keven Mealamu (NZL), Bismarck du Plessis (RSA), Tendai Mtawarira (RSA), Guillermo Roan (ARG), Coenie Oosthuizen (RSA), Matias Diaz (ARG), Eben Etzebeth (RSA), Dominic Bird (NZL), Manuel Carizza (ARG), Steven Luatua (NZL), Luke Whitelock (NZL), Schalk Burger (RSA), Duane Vermeulen (RSA)
November 17, 2013 in Uncategorized
William Wallace will be turning in his grave. The Scots were ball and tryless on Sunday and the Green & Gold easily demoilished the so called ‘brave hearts’! If it wasn’t for rain the score could have been even worst for the Scots.
28-0 and to be honest the ‘skirts’ were lucky to get zero! The Springbok’s pack, with Flip vd Merwe, Franocis Louw, Duane Vermeulen and ‘bone collector’ Willem Alberts bulldozing over the Scots at will, was to superior.
It was the magic of the X-factor Baas Willie, Willie le Roux, that shut down this contest early in the first half all ready. His intercept follwed by a piece of individual brilliance to break the line, outsmart four defenders, running at speed and to observe, then to kick a perfect little gem for JP Peterson to score was one for the highlights real.
Hopefully this means that Zane Kirchner’s time in the Green & Gold is now finally finished. With Willie, Patrick Lambie, Jaco Taute and even Frans Steyn as other options, Kirchner must now concentrate on his pension package in Europe!
South Africa has plenty of the X-factor players ala Gio Aplon, Johan Goosen and Cheslin Kolbe; however, when coaches prefer size it makes me angry. SA coaches, as Brendan Venter rightly so mention over the last few months, are scared to hanlde players like Aplon & Kolbe because of their own insecurities in coaching skills! SA coaches must not be like the Scots and show some real balls forward!
November 13, 2013 in Uncategorized
Pick your World XV for 2013. Five Springboks made the short list (45 players- 3 in each position) according to the Ultimaterugby website.
Willie le Roux, Jean de villiers, Francois Louw, Eben Etsebeth and Bismarck du Plessis made this elite group. De Villiers is in sublime form this year and not alot will complain if du Plessis and Etsebeth made this XV.
What would your XV look it?
Mine in BOLD.
Fullback: Willie le Roux (SA), Leigh Halfpenny (Wallis), Israel Dagg (NS).
Right wing: Israel Folau (Australië), Ben Smith (NS), Napolioni Nalaga (Fidji).
Outside centre: Wesley Fofana (Frankryk), Jonathan Davies (Wallis), Conrad Smith (NS).
Inside centre: Jean de Villiers (SA), Ma’a Nonu (NS), Jamie Roberts (Wallis).
Left wing: George North (Wallis), Julian Savea (NS), Sitiveni Sivivatu (NS).
Flyhalf: Dan Carter (NS), Johnny Sexton (Ierland), Aaron Cruden (NS).
Scrumhalf: Kahn Fotuali’l (Samoa), Aaron Smith (NS), Will Genia (Aus).
Eighthman: Kieran Read (NS), Sergio Parisse (Italië), Toby Faletau (Wallis).
Openside flanker: Sean O’ Brien (Ierland), Richie McCaw (NS), Francois Louw (SA).
Blindside flanker: Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe (Argentinië), Louis Picamoles (Frankryk), Liam Messam (NS).
Nr.5-lock: James Horwill (Aus), Brodie Retallick (NS), Alun Wyn Jones (Wallis).
Nr.4-lock: Sam Whitelock (NS), Eben Etzebeth (SA), Joe Tekori (Samoa).
Tighthead: Juan Figallo (Arg), Adam Jones (Wallis), Cencus Johnston (Samoa).
Hooker: Bismarck du Plessis (SA), Benjamin Kayser (Frankryk), Richard Hibbard (Wallis).
Loosehead: Vincent Debaty (Frankryk), Alex Corbisiero (Engeland), Marcos Ayerza (Arg).
November 6, 2013 in Uncategorized
Probably Mr Meyer’s best Bok squad to date? With JP Pietersen back, Mr Meyer, could drop Zane Kirchner and still keep the ‘politicians’ slightly happy. JP is great, so is Patrick Lambie and it was common sense that Jacques Fourie was in Mr Meyer’s masterplan all along. Fourie is back sooner than expected though. The problem is why Willie le Roux had to be dropped?
Yes, he dropped a few bombs when tested, but, it was due to bad technique, which a national coach should easily be able to fix! A slight turn of the body position side ways and arms strecthed further in catching when jumping for the ball was all that was required and then ‘Baas Willie” would have added more magic. It is ridiculous that Kirchner was pick because of stability. Bull dust, it was a colour thing. Kirchner made crucial errors on defense as well and have no plan in counter attacking. Do you think the Wallabies and All Blacks pick stability ahead of attacking brilliance? Dagg, Sevea, Smith, Jane are all attacking players!
Flid vd Merwe is not a number 5 lock! It is laughable to think that a national coach thinks he is. Pieter Steph-du Toit at 5 with Eben Estebeth at 4 would be a much better choice. Even Bakkies Botha at 4 and Estebeth at 5 would have been more dangerous on the attacking the opponents ball in the lineouts.
11. Bryan Habana (92) 15. Pat Lambie (29) 14. JP Pietersen (48)
13. Jaque Fourie (69) 12. Jean de Villiers (capt) (93)
10. Morné Steyn (51) 9. Fourie du Preez (65)
8. Duane Vermeulen (13) 7. Willem Alberts (27 6. Francois Louw (25)
5. Flip van der Merwe (31) 4. Eben Etzebeth (20)
3. Frans Malberhe (0) 2. Bismarck du Plessis (v/capt) (54) 1. Tendai Mtawarira (50)
16. Adriaan Strauss (30)
17. Gurthrö Steenkamp (46)
18. Coenie Oosthuizen (11)
19. Pieter-Steph du Toit (0)
20. Siya Kolisi (8)
21. Ruan Pienaar (71)
22. JJ Engelbrecht (10)
23. Willie le Roux (9)
PS: Ruan Pienaar is now becoming the Chilliboy of Bokrugby, well him and Kirchner.
This team should beat and awesome Welsh team (without Jamie Roberts) at home, but, this is the Dragons best chance in years to beat the Green & Gold for only the second time. This is probably the best Welsh outift since their brilliance in the 70′s? They will huff & puff and will have the choir boys singing. The Boks will have to take the passionate Welsh crowd out of the game. If this Bok team loses, then alarm bells should ring, as it is difficult to think who can make this Bok outfit better?
November 3, 2013 in Uncategorized
Victor Matfield is making a comeback as according to Mr Meyer, number 5 locks is where the Republic have no good enough youngsters coming through. Mr Meyer knocked on the ‘old age home’ doors already and got back Jacques Fourie and Fourie du Preez, not to forget that he also brought back Bakkies Botha to make it 12 players in your current squad who are more loyal to the $ than SA Rugby! SARU should step in and stop that immediately!
The Boks could have the world’s best no.5; Andries Bekker! If Mr Meyer is willing to get him back. Pieter Steph-du Toit will not have to stand back for any other number 5 lock currently on this planet. The world has no stand out number 5! Thus look no further than those two!
Forget that Flip’3 penalites per game’ vd Merwe is an possibility at 5. He is not tall enoung (1.99m); nor mobile or skillful enough to be a number 5. He is your typical ‘moer net vorentoe’ no.4 lock!
Even more laughable is that WP Rugby Union again has got an extremely talented player been signed by another union as they don’t believe or can work with players with the X-factor!
I understand that you can’t always keep the enormous talent in the Mother city at bay….in the case of JJ Engelbrecht and Johan Sadie, WP had Jean de Villiers, Juan de Jongh and Jacques Fourie (3 Boks) on the payroll, so it is just reality that some should find playing time somewhere else. Timo Swiel, however, had to stand back for Kurt Coleman and Burton Franics the last two seasons. If Swiel was playing rugby in NZ or Aus, he would have been playing Superrugby already and maybe groomed for national colours already.
Swiel joins Handre Pollard, Francois Hougaard, Josh Strauss to mention a few that left the Cape for glory elsewhere. This latest move is going to ‘shark’-bite WP in the butt! Watch this space!…….
PS: Mr Meyer, why not get Nancy Botha, Koning Danie and the Prince of wings back as well? Ray Mordt is also in awesome shape!
Click on below link to see Kurtley Beale (as schoolboy) vs Timo Swiel. And yet Swiel has not tasted Superrugby!
October 30, 2013 in Uncategorized
Imagine, John Lennon sang….well imagine the World had to be defended against the ‘Aliens’ and you can pick a team, bring them all ‘back to life’ and at their peak form! OK, ready? Here we go. What would your All Time Rugby XV look like?
|Kevin D||Martin Johnson||Bill McClaren||Bloggers|
|15||Christian Cullen||Serge Blanco||Andy Irvine||Christian Cullen|
|14||David Campese||Joe Roff||Gerald Davies||David Campese|
|13||Danie Gerber||Danie Gerber||Danie Gerber||Danie Gerber|
|12||Tim Horan||Phillippe Sela||Mike Gibson||Jean de Villiers|
|11||Jonah Lomu||Jonah Lomu||David Campese||Jonah Lomu|
|10||Phil Bennett||Jonny Wilkinson||Rob Andrew||Jonny Wilkinson|
|9||Gareth Edwards||Gareth Edwards||Gareth Edwards||Fourie du Preez|
|8||Hennie Muller||Wayne Shalford||Mervyn Davies||Zinzan Brooke|
|7||Bob Skinstad||Richard Hill||Zinzan Brooke||Andre Venter|
|6||Richie McCaw||Michael Jones||Fergus Slattery||Richie McCaw|
|5||Victor Matfield||Colin Meads||Frik du Preez||Victor Matfield|
|4||Colin Meads||Frik du Preez||Colin Meads||John Eales|
|3||Carl Hayman||JP Garuet||Graham Price||Carl Hayman|
|2||Uli Schmidt||Sean Fitzpatrick||Sean Fitspatrick||Keith Wood|
|1||Os du Randt||Jason Leonard||Frank Cotton||Os du Randt|
You realise that there were truly ‘great’ players in this wonderful game:
My B- Team would be:
14: Joe Roff 15: Andy Irvine 11: Carel du Plessis
13: Brian O’Driscoll 12: Jean de Villiers
10: Jonny Wilkinson 9: Joost vd Westhuizen
7: Zinzan Brooke 8: Morne du Plessis 6: Michael Jones (SA terms as 6)
5: Martin Johnson 4: Bakkies Botha
3: Martin Castrogiovanni 2: Bismarck du Plessis 1: Tony Woodcock
To think that I cant find place for Dan Carter, Stephen Larkham, Sergio Parisse,Mark Ella, Frik du Preez, Barry John, JPR Williams, Serge Blanco, Eben Etsebeth, Keith Wood, John Eales, Josh Kronefeld, Glen Osborne, John Kirwin, Israel Dagg, Andrew Merthens, Jacques Fourie, Fourie du Preez, Phillipe Sella, Matthew Burke, George Smith, Bryan Williams…..eish!
October 29, 2013 in Uncategorized
Mr Meyer brought back too many overseas based players and it seems like he is again behind the All Blacks in building a World Cup group with enough expereinced back ups. Yes, it is easier to bring new players into an established All Blacks side; however, they are making sure they are going to have enough experienced back up players in case a McCaw or Carter get’s injured again during the ‘holy grail’.
What is more ridiculous is the selection of Louis Schreuder. He is the biggest weak link of the Stormers (the Stormers biggest weakness the last five years, was in the no.9 jersey).
Where would Schreuder be on you SA options list?
1: Fourie du Preez (not convinced he’ll be the no.1 in 2015)
2: Rory Kockott
3: Jano Vermaak
4: Francois Hougaard (injured)
5: Piet van Zyl
6: Sarel Preotrius
7: Charl McLeod
8: Cobus Reinach
Is Eben Estebeth still a possible no.5 option for Mr Meyer? I hope not. Pieter-Steph du Toit, a brilliant and ready now for test rugby and the Bok future, must start; but, why is Bakkies Botha, Flip vd Merwe and Estebeth all no.4 locks picked? Either Bakkies or Flip should have gone.
Scarra Ntubeni is just there in place of Chilliboy Ralapele…..politcs! He is not better than Deon Fourie! If he brought in ‘old farts’ like Bakkies, Fourie du Preez etc why not Schalk Brits! Politics I tell you!
Is Willem Alberts the back up for no.8?